|orthern Regional War
Practice. Well, this was not one of the best times that I have ever
had, but it was okay. I must admit, sometimes the mixed messages that
you get can really get you down.
Case in point, attacking from behind in a melee. The way that I
was told the rules, attacking from behind is acceptable if and only if
a) The person was engaged with you, and allows or
facilitates your movement behind said person so that an attack from
behind is possible, or
b) The person engages a line (either tight or a
skirmish) and turns away from a portion of the line so as to allow an
attack from behind to occur, or
Condition a) also requires that you as the attacker,
stay in range with the person you are maneuvering around the whole time.
That is meant to cover the condition where you are engaged with person
#1, he leaves your range, then ten seconds later, while he is no longer
paying attention, hit him then.
So here's the scenario, Llygodin (Knight Marshall of Weisenfeuer) and I
are engaged with Viggen, one of Earl Barn's squire. Viggen commits to an
engagement with Llygodin, and I run around his left side until I am
behind him. I give him a second to realize I am there, and then I smack
him lightly in the back of the head. Suddenly, everything goes to hell
in a handbasket.
People start getting onto me, saying that what I did
was wrong, and that I'm not supposed to atttack from behind. Then after
I pointed out (a little bit defensively I must admit) that I had been
range with him and he had turned from me, they started saying that
although what I did was OK, but I shouldn't do it. I don't get it. The
rules are fairly clear, what I did was allowed. If it is allowed, how is
it dishonorable or wrong.
There are some things I just don't get.
On a better note, I commanded a few (two or three) of
the battles from my side, and for the most part did really well.
Although not very experienced, I feel fairly good about my endeavors in
command. The only embarrassing part was when Barn joined my team, and I
just expected him to take command, and he goes "Jean Paul, your in
command" about 2 seconds before "Lay on" was called. I
was flustered, and we got wiped pretty bad. Barn pointed out that
becoming commander unforseenly does happen a lot, so I was just
embarrassed, not upset.
We didn't really get the turnout that I had hoped to
occur though, mainly because of short notice on the practice itself.
Perhaps the next one (at Wastleland's Yule Revel) will go better. We did
get bout 10 or 12 melee fights in, and that was pretty good.
On a different note, Sir Burke armored up for the
first time that I had seen since I was rehabilitating my knee, and I got
several fights in with him. I also got several very large, painful
bruises from him ;-) The fights with him were good, but I have tended to
notice a attitude about teaching from the knights in the north that I
don't feel I personally will use. The knights up here will tend to do
Step 1) hit you in a spot
Step 2) then tell you why you were so obviously open
With Burke, I go out there and say "Hey, I have
only fought a left hander about twice before, and none of your caliber.
Are there any pointers that you would like to give me?"
Sir Burke sez, "Don't get hit".
"Thanks, I say".
So we square off, <WHAM> Burke hits me in my
shoulder. "You're falling for the fake wrap, and overcommitting
your shield. Don't do that."
"OK". We face each other again.
<BOFFO!> Burke tags my hip. "Don't step forward with the
right leg. It'll come out from behind the shield, and its an easy
"Ow!! Ok", I say again. <ZOWIE!> Burke
hits me in the ribs. "Don't pull your shield so close to your body.
It opens you up for the wrap."
At this point, I say "BURKE! Is there any other
hints you'd like to tell me before hitting me?" at which point he
and the assembled group starts chuckling. At this point, Barn and Sir
Alric come over and give me some pointers about correct shield position
and footwork, and although I still did not win any fights versus Burke,
I gave him a couple of tussles.
The point that bothers me is, couldn't they have told
me some of the points first? I admitted I wanted help and asked for it,
but none was forthcoming. Bunny and Asoph told me that most of the
northern knights believed in the "Instruction-through-pain"
attitude, but I feel that when confronting a new or obviously outmatched
opponent, telling them "If you do 'A', then I will do 'B' to
you" and then doing it would be more instructive (and less
damaging) to new fighters than "You did 'A', so I did 'B'" to
I would liken it to a good parent saying, "If you
take that cookie, I will spank you" and when the child does it, you
spank them, and the teaching is reinforced. Spanking the child and then
saying "I did that because you took the cookie" in my mind
engenders resentment and anger.
Well guys, I'm tired, and the keyboard I'm typing on
is not ergonomic (ow) so I'm going to bed. Next missive probably after
Sweet Dreams All,
Jean Paul de Sens
Seconde, Lion Dragon Guard